Groundhog Removal


This is what you need to know about Groundhog removal.

The groundhog, also known as the woodchuck, is one of 14 species of marmot (the squirrel family).  In simple terms, a groundhog is a giant squirrel. They are excellent burrowers thanks to their powerful feet and curved claws.  They use their burrows for general living, hibernating and raising their young.  A typical groundhog burrow may have two entrances, and even up to five; they can dig tunnels anywhere from 8-70 feet.

Groundhogs are known carriers of the Rabies Disease, which can be transferred to both humans and pets.  Groundhogs are considered nuisance animals-pests.  They are often found in homes during the spring and summer. They hibernate in the winter.

Damage caused by groundhogs

When groundhogs start digging around a property, it can create a problem.  Much of the damage groundhogs cause is from their burrowing, leading to cave-ins.   Common complaints include burrows under decking, under sheds, or next to a structure. If the tunnel falls under a driveway or foundation, it can create a serious, and expensive problem.  They can also present a trip hazard if their burrow is not filled in.

Woodchucks are often considered pests due to the damage caused to plants.  Woodchucks need to eat a lot of plants. Much of their time during the day is spent foraging, and sometimes this can include eating crops or other plant life in your back yard.

How groundhog removal works

The best method of groundhog removal is trapping and moving the animal far away from the property.   Blocking off the holes is no good because the animal will just dig them out again.  Repellents are generally ineffective. Like most wild animals, Groundhogs and Woodchucks can become aggressive when scared or trapped.  To avoid an unwanted injury, it is a good idea to hire a professional to handle your unwelcome visitor.

In many applications, fencing can be installed to prevent groundhogs from creating and using burrows under decks and sheds.

Serving Central PA

Backyard Wildlife Solutions serve a wide area in central Pennsylvania, including: Lancaster, Lititz, Ephrata, Hershey and Hummelstown.

Backyard Wildlife Solutions is a registered member of the National Wildlife Control Operators Association.  Undergoing regular training BWS uses humane, approved traps and techniques when removing bats from residential and commercial properties.